According to the estate agents Savills, warehouse storage now accounts for 566 million square feet of the UK. The last 5 years have seen the most rapid increase in unit takeup in history. The UK’s warehouse space shortage can be attributed to two main factors: the explosive growth of online shopping and the combined impact of the EU Exit and the COVID-19 pandemic. These forces have accelerated the need for transport and storage solutions, challenging businesses to find new ways to meet demand.
Why Optimising Warehouse Space is Important
Effective use of warehouse space translates into savings. By optimising layout and storage methods, companies can minimize wasted space and reduce operational costs.
Improved storage solutions lead to a more streamlined workflow. This boosts employee productivity by enabling quicker access to items and more efficient use of space.
Strategies to Increase Warehouse Storage Capacity
Utilizing Central Ridge Decks
Central Ridge Decks provide a highly practical solution for those looking to maximize the efficiency of their storage space. By enabling loading from both sides of the pallet racking without pushing items off, it provides a stable platform to keep items separated and organized. This approach allows warehouse staff to access products easily from either side of the bay and helps in reducing product mix-ups, contributing to a smoother operational flow.
Storing Long Items Upright with Vertical Pallet Racking Dividers
Long items can be a challenge to store efficiently. Utilizing vertical pallet racking dividers provides a simple yet effective solution. By storing long items upright, more bays become available for other storage needs. This approach not only maximizes space but also makes inventory management more streamlined, ensuring that long items are easily accessible and properly protected.
The Future of the Warehousing Sector
The growth of the UK warehousing sector stands as a nationwide success story, supporting online retailers, manufacturers, and logistics companies. Research from Forrester and Savills indicates that by 2025, an additional 64 million sq ft of warehouse space will be needed for the online retail sector alone. Whilst this looks great for businesses in those industries, it is not always easy for SMEs to make large investments like renting an additional warehouse. So, making use of some of the tactics above may help to give them some breathing space to continue flourishing.
The way we approach warehouse storage is evolving. With the challenges presented by the current market landscape, innovative solutions like easySHELF™ and easyDIVIDER™ become vital in increasing storage capacity, saving costs, and enhancing efficiency.
Ready to optimize your warehouse storage? Contact QTS today and discover how our tailored solutions can transform your storage strategy.